Recommendation by Lemi
Jumping off from the top of the musical, we have King’s College (now known as Columbia University). Listen to the first three opening numbers as you tour the campus. It’s easy to imagine a 19-year old, strong-willed student walking through the courtyards and giving his first public speeches. He joins five of the Founding Fathers on Columbia’s prestigious roster of alumni. It was a far cry from when Hamilton was growing up as an autodidact, teaching himself through whatever books he could get his hands on in the Caribbean. He didn’t graduate because the university closed during the British occupation. The school was mostly destroyed by invasion and lootings during the Revolutionary War. They started to rebuild, include new additions, and drop their English monarch-inspired name in the aftermath of conflict and in the dawn of independence. The university dedicated Hamilton Hall to its veteran and student, so cap off the visit with a picture of Alexander’s monument out-front!